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Zoe’s carnival

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

This week marked Zoe’s second at Camp Galileo, and she was (understandably) very into this week’s theme: amusement parks. The campers were taught all about the science behind roller coasters and other carnival attractions, and Zoe was proud to bring home her themed art projects – a circus car and skee-ball machine.

(PS- It was funny timing to post a rainy picture of the girls yesterday; the weather these past few days has been amazingly sunny and warm. Just perfect for the camp’s theme!)



Rainy day at the outlets

Friday, June 28th, 2013

We recently met up with Angela, who has been splitting her time between here and Madison, at an outdoor mall in the North Bay. The weather wasn’t great, but it didn’t seem to matter much to the girls. Yet another thing I love about kids: Their ability to have fun (or find something to entertain themselves) just about anywhere.


“It will be fine, they’re good girls”

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

I shared this on Facebook, but I had an interesting experience when out to eat the other night. In the middle of dinner,  Zoe and Avery asked if they could go the bathroom (which was literally next to our table) on their own – and, in classic fashion, Q said yes and I said no. I started telling Q that they were too little to go without one of us and that Avery wasn’t behaving the best to begin with when the woman at the table next to us looked up to me and said, “It will be fine, they’re good girls.”

I was totally taken aback: Not because I was offended by her eavesdropping and butting in, but because her words felt so powerful and true. And because I believe in things like this, I didn’t think her words were really about the kids going to the bathroom. Her comment felt bigger than that - a cosmic reminder that I need to stress less, let go more, and accept that my kids are going to be (and already are) a-0kay.

“I think that was a sign from the universe,” I whispered to Q immediately after – as the girls headed to the bathroom. And yes, they were just fine.



Evening at the ballpark, part II

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

As we were leaving the ballpark on Saturday, the girls started doing a dance Zoe learned for her end-of-year celebration. Luckily, I was able to capture their moves on m phone.


Evening at the ballpark

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

After quick post-party naps this weekend, the four of us headed downtown for an event at AT&T Park. We snacked on hot dogs and popcorn, sat in the sun, and listened as a panel of Giants players took questions from the fans. It was a fun way to spend a Saturday evening – and we all got Giants-orange glasses to boot.


Happy Birthday song

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Avery’s birthday wishes, in song. (I love that Zoe was right up there with her.)


Partying for four, part II

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

More from Avery’s party…


Partying for four

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Since Avery’s birthday fell on a Wednesday this year, we waited for the weekend to really celebrate. We had her party at Pump it Up (site of Zoe’s third birthday) this morning, and I think her favorite part was sitting on a throne and playing princess…

More pics soon.


Birthday girl

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Avery’s birthday started yesterday with some gifts and phone calls; then Avery headed to camp – where she got sung to, shared popsicles, and was reportedly treated extra special. (“I got to be line leader,” she excitedly told me when I picked her up. “And [teacher] Mandy gave me a birthday hug!”) We took her out for a birthday dinner and blew out candles – then it was off to bed for Miss Four Year Old. The big celebration happens on Saturday; luckily we have a few days to rest up for that.


Four-year update

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Our “baby” is four years old today. Q commented the other night that she’s at her cutest age yet – her personality has emerged and she’s so fun to be around. I agree! She’s also:

-playful: Avery is constantly bouncing around the house acting goofy. When she’s not playing with her sister (their new favorite is to pretend Avery is the mama and Zoe is the baby), she’s doing things like jumping or climbing on her dad. She has developed some strong friendships at school (little girls named Naomi, Avery, and Margaret are her closest pals – and, on a funny note, she’s always talking about Margaret’s dad, who, at around 6’3″, is “super tall”).

-funny: She acts silly a lot – asking funny questions and running around saying in a funny voice things like, “Fancy-Nan-cay.” (Not sure where that came from!) She has also a new laugh where she puts her hands close to her face and giggles.

-sweet: She is very loving towards Zoe and to me and Q. She typically showers me with kisses and hugs at drop-off at school and (now) camp, and she’ll often tell me she’s going to love me forever and ever. In the car the other day, she surprised (and pleased) me by singing out of the blue a song I used to sing to her when she was smaller… “Mama – on a scale of one to ten, I love you one-hundred,” she sang.

-entertaining: She loves singing and dancing and often comes home performing things she’s learned at school. One of my favorite new songs is “Get Lucky,” and Avery has heard it so much that she’ll come up to me and start singing a lyric. Both she and Zoe love the song that came in my Father’s Day card to Q. (“I love you a bushel and a peck,” they’ve been singing non-stop since Sunday.) And she’s also a fan of local band Alphabet Rockers, who we recently saw in concert, and is often singing their songs.

-a copy-cat: She frequently mimics what her sister says and does – and she even uses some of my language. “That was a big yawners,” she said after yawning one day (sounding like me). And I had to laugh when she said to me recently about her dolls, “Sometimes I freak out because my babies are ad-doe-bull. They talk and are so ah-doe-bull.”

-mischievous: Avery isn’t always the best listener (she gets a fair amount of time outs!), and she has been known to taunt her sister (“I won, I won,” she’ll cry out in a certain tone during competitions to see who can get dressed the fastest) and get in the wrong carseat on purpose. (The girls both favor our purple one, and they’re supposed to trade off each car ride.)

-teenager-like: She has been known to yell out, “I KNOW that” in a teen-like tone when she’s frustrated with something that I say to her. And the other day, after I asked if she had played with her friend Izzy at camp, she replied with an exasperated voice, “I always play with her.”

-a good learner: She loves school and is, according to her teachers, right where she needs to be developmentally. She perfected the spelling of her name a few months ago, and she likes writing down other things too. (She recently wrote strawberries and crackers on our grocery list on the refrigerator, for example.) She’s also getting more into numbers, doing simple math problems like 2+2.

-big: At her recent four year check-up she was in the 95 percentile for height and off the charts for weight. She is taller than several of the girls in Zoe’s (old) kindergarten class!

-very much like her sister at this age: I had to chuckle when I read Zoe’s four-year update – aside from the big-sister stuff, Avery likes/does a lot of the same things Zoe did back then! Might be the age or a Browdy thing – or perhaps both…


Birthday outfit

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Tomorrow’s outfit = picked out and ready to go!


Father’s Day, part II

Monday, June 17th, 2013

A few more photos from our day yesterday…


Father’s Day

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Tradition upheld: In honor of Q (a kid at heart), we spent the day at Great America. (Fourth year running.) Happy Father’s Day, everyone!


Palling around

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Zoe is now the one on a break (school officially ended Wednesday, and her summer camp starts Monday), and she’s spent the last few days with her good friend Zachary. I took them picnicking and playing yesterday morning, but the real hit was an afternoon science show at the library.


Camp anthem

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Avery’s first day of camp was Monday, and she came home singing a new song. It took her a few minutes to remember the exact words, but I have the sneaking suspicion she’s going to have them down long before the summer ends!